Congratulations Illya for your best student paper award

Congratulations Illya for your best student paper award

Illya Nayshevsky, a CUNY PhD graduate student in Chemistry received a Best Student Paper Award, Section 9, at the 44th Annual IEEE-PVSC (Photovoltaic Specialists Conference) for his paper (#649) and presentation entitled "Anti-reflective and anti-soiling properties of KleanBoost(TM)  a superhydrophobic nano-textured coating for solar glass" with authors: Illya Nayshevsky, QianFeng Xu, Gil Barahman, Alan M. Lyons. Paper presented at the 44th IEEE-PVSC Conference, Washington, DC, June 28th 2017

Abstract — Soiling of solar cover glass can result in a significant
loss of electrical output of PV panels. Dust and other contaminants
adhere strongly to the glass by known mechanisms. In contrast,
anti-soiling coatings, and the mechanisms by which they function,
are not well-characterized. In this paper, we examine the
properties of KleanBoostTM a thin anti-reflective and anti-soiling
fluoropolymer coating for glass. In particular, we examine the
effect of dew and baking cycles on dust accumulation and optical
transparency. A dust “herding” process was observed as the
condensed water droplets reduce in diameter as they evaporate on
the hydrophobic surface. Anti-soiling and cleaning mechanisms
were evaluated as a function of hydrophobicity of the glass nano-
coating, and the KleanBoostTM surfaces were characterized and
compared to their anti-soiling and cleaning properties.
 

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